Esther Phillips Gouache Painting "Ships Graveyard"
Esther Phillips (Pittsburgh/New York, 1902 – 1983)
Gouache painting on board
Signed to the lower right
Titled to the verso
Esther Phillips left Pittsburgh in the late 1930s to pursue a bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village. A member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, she immersed herself into local artistic circles, and among her artist friends were modernists Milton Weiss (American, 1912-1995) and Franz Kline (American, 1910-1962). Phillips’ work was often executed in watercolors at a quick pace, exhibiting the influence of Fauvism, Cubism, and artists such as Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Frequent subjects include abstracted cityscapes, townscapes, and asylum scenes that feature vibrant colors, simple shapes, and overall flatness. Her work has been exhibited posthumously at multiple galleries such as the Carson Street Gallery, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Borelli-Edwards Gallery, among others.
- abrasions and minor stains to the surface of the painting; paint loss to the corners; slight splitting to the layers of board to the corners.